UK Collecting society PPL has compiled a list of the most played Nirvana songs on UK TV and radio to mark what would have been frontman Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday today.
“Kurt Cobain was one of the most visionary figures in music in the late 1980s and early 1990s”, says PPL’s Head Of Music Reporting Services Tim Silver. “He inspired countless young people all over the world to start learning an instrument and to have the confidence to begin writing their own music. On what would have been his 50th birthday, we are delighted to be able to honour him with a chart of the 20 most-played Nirvana songs on radio and TV. There are a lot of their best-known tracks in there but also one or two curveballs as well”.
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. Come As You Are
4. Heart-Shaped Box
5. In Bloom
6. The Man Who Sold The World (MTV Unplugged)
7. All Apologies
8. About A Girl
10. On A Plan
11. Drain You
12. Stay Away
14. Love Buzz
15. Serve The Servants
16. Lounge Act
17. Something In The Way
18. Molly’s Lips
20. Territorial Pissings
Gods Look Down was Dave Ghrol’s first song and he played all the instruments. Dave had already recorded many times with Barrett Jones at Laundry Room, starting with the bands “Freak Baby” and “Mission Impossible” in 1985, and “Dain Bramage” in 1986-87. From early 89 thru late 90, when he wasn’t on tour with Scream, Dave recorded any played with “Churn” a band with Barrett Jones (guitar, vox), Stafford Mather (bass) and Dave (drums). It was during one of these sessions that this song was recorded.
“Punk is musical freedom. It’s saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster’s terms, ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.” – Kurt Cobain
Maverick’s Guy Oseary (Madonna, U2), and Heather Parry, president of Live Nation Film and Television, have signed on to co-manage the estate of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, and widow, Courtney Love, brought in the Beverly Hills-based firm, which will oversee the name, likeness, artwork, digital and licensing for the singer-songwriter who died in 1994.
Estate management, once a business that rarely made headlines, has increasingly become a music profit center, with iconic acts like Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, The Ramones and Tupac Shakur seeing an extension in the life of their songs, images and legends. “Managing an estate is not the music business. It’s the pop-culture legacy business,” says Jeff Jampol, whose company Jam Inc. counts the estates of The Ramones, Joplin, The Doors and Otis Redding on its roster. “The music represents an entry point, but estate management is an entirely different field — the media we deal with are books, documentaries, retail, apparel, museum exhibits … It’s about reanimating the body of work and putting it forward into the conversation, then all revenue streams will follow.”
While the Grohl family had always been musical—the family sang together on long car trips, harmonizing to Motown and David Bowie— Virginia never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star. But when she saw him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans for the first time, she knew that rock stardom was meant to be for her son. And as Virginia watched her son’s star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children’s fame? Did they worry about their children’s livelihood and wellbeing in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children’s passions despite the odds against success, or attempt to dissuade them from their grandiose dreams? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour?
Virginia decided to seek out other rock star mothers to ask these questions, and so began a two-year odyssey to write From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars in which she interviewed such women as Verna Griffin, Dr. Dre’s mother; Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM’s mother; Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse’s mother; Patsy Noah, Adam Levine’s mother; Donna Haim, mother of the Haim sisters; Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys’ mother.
With exclusive family photographs and a foreword by Dave Grohl, From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers and rock fans everywhere.
Dave Grohl wasn’t much for music lessons. He explains his unique approach to figuring out guitar – and we get a musical demo.
In 1985, Courtney Love submitted an audition tape for the role of Nancy Spungen in the Sid Vicious biopic Sid and Nancy (1986), and was given a minor supporting role by director Alex Cox. She wanted the role Nancy Spungen, but it went to Chloe Webb instead.
This is part 62 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.
Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month and thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time or the one that’s made them the most money in sales, or the most clicked-on review, but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.
Joe Cassady, Mornings, 92.9 WLMI, Lansing, Michigan
Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority
There are familiar titles like “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Beginnings”. My favorite cut was “Questions 67 and 68”. I like this album a lot because it contains great Chicago music that wasn’t played to death on Top 40 Radio. I played it so much, I wore down two copies.
Larry Crane, Tapeop
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
As a musician and producer/engineer I’ve learned tons from this album. How to completely change what a band is doing into a studio creation. How to play against open strings on a bass. How to put together a classic album cover.
Larry Groce, Host & Artistic Director of NPR’s Mountain Stage
The Band, The Band
It was a close call between this one, The Band’s “Music from Big Pink”, and several Dylan and Beatles albums. I’ve been a fan of all three since their beginnings. When I was 17, I went to the September 25, 1965 concert in Dallas which I believe was one of the first with Dylan and The Band together. I chose “The Band” over the others because its songs are both northern and southern, they’re folk, rock, and country. They come from where Europe met Africa but they don’t exclude what was already here. Their lyric images get to the heart of some important parts of North American culture.
Confusion, Pigeons & Planes
Nirvana, Unplugged in New York
I know, this isn’t even really a proper album. Whatever. When I think about albums that really mean something to me, this one always tops the list. It has nothing to do with the quality of the music and everything to do with the connection I felt with these 14 songs. I listened to this album non-stop during some important years of my life. I was an immature pre-teen, and I didn’t get into Nirvana until after Kurt Cobain was already dead. I didn’t get to experience the cultural impact of Nirvana in real-time, but for me, discovering that album came at the perfect moment in my life. I grew up with those songs, and I probably changed more as a person in those couple of years than any other period of my life. Unplugged in New York was the soundtrack to those years. I’d never argue that this is the best album of all time. Shit, it’s not even the best Nirvana album. But none of that really matters when you’re talking about favorites.
Mase Brazelle, FMQB
The Clash, London Calling
Because they were the only band that mattered.
I’ve been around plenty of artists who are vibrant, talkative and superb interviees at 10:00am. By 6:00pm, they want to kill both the media outlet, and myself.
Now imagine you’re Nirvana, and Nevermind has just been released. Everyone is calling you the voices of a generation, the saviours of rock and roll, the greatest thing since Elvis. And you don’t want to hear it anymore.
Fecal Matter was a short-lived punk rock band from Aberdeen, Washington. The group was formed in 1985 by Kurt Cobain, the future front man of the grunge band Nirvana, along with Dale Crover of The Melvins and drummer Greg Hokanson. Melvins members Buzz Osborne (also known as “King Buzzo”) and Mike Dillard appeared in a later version of the band during rehearsals the following year.
Songs from group’s sole recording session were issued as the Illiteracy Will Prevail demo tape. With the exception of the song “Spank Thru” the tracks from this session remain unreleased officially. A re-recording of “Downer” was also released on the first Nirvana album, Bleach. Illiteracy Will Prevail is the earliest documentation of Cobain’s songwriting in circulation, and helped Cobain to establish himself as a composer and performer among his peers in the underground rock scene in Washington state.